Linguistic Determinants of Word Colouring in Grapheme-Colour Synaesthesia

  title={Linguistic Determinants of Word Colouring in Grapheme-Colour Synaesthesia},
  author={Julia Simner and Louise E Glover and Alice Mowat},
Previous studies of grapheme-colour synaesthesia have suggested that words tend to be coloured by their initial letter or initial vowel (e.g., Baron-Cohen et al., 1993; Ward et al., 2005). We examine this assumption in two ways. First, we show that letter position and syllable stress have been confounded, such that the initial letters of a word are often in stressed position (e.g., 'wo-man, 'ta-ble, 'ha-ppy). With participant JW, we separate these factors (e.g., with stress homographs such as… CONTINUE READING

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